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Master Classes

Master Classes combine Hedgebrook’s retreat experience with the unique opportunity to be in residence and study with a celebrated teacher on beautiful Whidbey Island.

Creative writing workshops in a diversity of formats and genres are offered to women writers at all levels of experience. Participation in each class is limited to 6-8 writers in order to ensure individual attention and create an intimate, supportive writing community.

2019 Master Classes

We offer a variety of classes to suit writers at different levels of experience and phases in the writing process. Some are generative and designed to inspire new projects or breakthroughs in your process, while others focus on craft or developing a project already underway. Over the course of the week, teachers give generously of their time: leading a series of writing workshops, talks on craft and constructive group feedback sessions, meeting one-on-one with each writer, and sharing evening meals with the group. Writers also enjoy time in retreat to write and rejuvenate.

We offer a variety of classes over the course of the year.

Heidi W. Durrow – Beginners Mind: A Master Class to Turn Your Yearning to Write into Words

October 21-28

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

This class is tailored for the person who has always wanted to write for a living and wants to grow their craft as a writer (focusing on character, voice, description, and scene) in addition to exploring how one develops their writing resume even before one publishes their first word. This class will emphasize generating new work through the use of writing prompts, guided in-class writing exercises and reading and discussion of literary models.  In addition, we will discuss concrete steps to take to build your writing and publishing resume. At the end of the class you will have a better understanding of what you need to begin, and what skills you need to develop to finish and how to grow your craft as a writer as well as your career even before you publish the first writing.  This master class is well-suited for those writing about difference, race, and social justice.  Participants will also have the opportunity to submit 25 pages of a project to the instructor for feedback during a private 1-hour session.

BIO:

Heidi W. Durrow is the New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (Algonquin Books) which won the PEN/Bellwether Prize.  Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, National Public Radio, The Literary Review, Callaloo, Ebony and Essence.

www.heidiwdurrow.com

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: The application is accessible via SlideRoom. Each Master Class has a priority deadline listed below, and classes often fill with a waitlist. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by Hedgebrook staff and teachers, so we strongly recommend interested writers apply as soon as possible. We anticipate decisions will be finalized within two weeks of the priority deadline.

All levels are welcome to this Master Class.

Program Dates

Arrivals: Monday, October 21
Departures: Monday, October 28
Priority deadline: Tuesday, September 3

Fee: $3200 (Covers lodging, meals, and workshops; all taxes included)
Deposit: $1,000, due Tuesday, September 17
Final Payment Due: Thursday, October 3

APPLY NOW

 

We are unable to offer financial aid or scholarships for this master class.

Erica  Bauermeister: Take it to the Next Level

November 8-15

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

So, you have a first draft of your manuscript — now, what’s the next step?  This class will focus on the tricks and joys of editing, from the global (story arc and character development) to the lyrical (making those scenes/images/sentences sing) to the completely granular (commas and grammar and repetition, oh my). We’ll dig in, get messy, and find and polish the story waiting inside your manuscript.  Upon acceptance, students should arrive with an open mind, ready to receive and give constructive feedback.  Included will be a one-on-one session review of 30 pages of your manuscript.

BIO:

Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of four novels, including The School of Essential Ingredients and The Scent Keeper. She is also co-author of two non-fiction works: 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It for the Girls. She has a PhD in literature and has taught at the University of Washington, Antioch, and workshops across the country. A founding member of the Seattle7Writers, she now lives in Port Townsend, WA.

 

 

 

Please note: The application is accessible via SlideRoom. Each Master Class has a priority deadline listed below, and classes often fill with a waitlist. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by Hedgebrook staff and teachers, so we strongly recommend interested writers apply as soon as possible. We anticipate decisions will be finalized within two weeks of the priority deadline.

All levels are welcome to this Master Class.

Program Dates

Arrivals: Friday, November 8
Departures: Friday, November 15
Priority deadline: Thursday, September 26

Fee: $3200 (Covers lodging, meals, and workshops; all taxes included)
Deposit: $1,000, due Tuesday, October 1
Final Payment Due: Thursday, October 17

APPLY NOW

 

We are unable to offer financial aid or scholarships for this master class.

Hannah Tinti: Next Level Writing

November 18-25

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

The solution to a piece of writing is always hidden just beneath the surface. In this editorial-focused workshop, we will dig deep, giving close reads to a piece of your writing (10-25 pages, max 6,000 words) and exploring each layer, from the seed of the idea that first inspired you to the places where you’re feeling lost or stuck. Together we’ll identify the strengths and weaknesses, shore up the structure, identify patterns and find ways to bring your work to the next level. We’ll also stretch and find new skills through craft lectures and writing exercises that will stretch your imagination and foster your creativity, using the unique setting to inspire us. This class will be limited to 6 people and will also include one-on-one sessions. My goal is for each student to leave re-energized, with a host of new ideas and pages, as well as a concrete plan to re-approach their work. The focus will be fiction, both long and short form, though non-fiction/memoir writers are also welcome. 

BIO:

Hannah Tinti is a writer, editor and teacher. Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her bestselling novel The Good Thief won The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, an American Library Association Alex Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her new novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, is a national bestseller and has been optioned for television. Tinti is the co-founder and executive editor of the award-winning literary magazine One Story. She has taught at Columbia University’s MFA program, New York University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, the American Museum of Natural History, Hedgebrook and the Sirenland Writers Conference, which she co-founded. For more information, visit hannahtinti.com 

 

 

 

Please note: The application is accessible via SlideRoom. Each Master Class has a priority deadline listed below, and classes often fill with a waitlist. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by Hedgebrook staff and teachers, so we strongly recommend interested writers apply as soon as possible. We anticipate decisions will be finalized within two weeks of the priority deadline.

All levels are welcome to this Master Class.

Program Dates

Arrivals: Monday, November 18
Departures: Monday, November 25
Priority deadline: Tuesday, September 26

Fee: $3200 (Covers lodging, meals, and workshops; all taxes included)
Deposit: $1,000, due Monday, October 7
Final Payment Due: Thursday, October 24

APPLY NOW

 

We are unable to offer financial aid or scholarships for this master class.

Retreat Experience

Each writer is housed in her own handcrafted cottage in the woods. Delicious meals are prepared by Hedgebrook’s chefs, featuring produce harvested from our organic garden. Our land features beautiful wooded walking trails, ponds and meadows teeming with wildlife, nearby Double Bluff beach, and breathtaking views across Puget Sound, with Mount Rainier in the distance. While the setting is rural, nearby towns offer shops and amenities.

Accommodations

Our six hand-crafted cottages–Oak, Fir, Owl, Cedar, Willow and Waterfall–were designed by architect Chuck Dougherty, who worked with the Amish in Pennsylvania. While all the cottages have a similar design, they are built of a variety of woods and have unique color schemes and furnishings. Stained glass windows, pottery sinks, and other features were designed and crafted by local artisans.

Cottage_interior_smEach cottage has an upstairs sleeping loft with a hand built double bed, lamps, rocking chair, chest of drawers, and a small closet. With advance notice, it is possible to accommodate a bed downstairs for those who cannot climb the ship ladder to the loft. Other accessibility options are available on an individualized basis, and the Hedgebrook staff will work with you to accommodate your specific needs, if possible. The main floor has a work area with ample desk space, a sitting area with window seat looking out into the woods, and a comfortable, overstuffed armchair. Bookshelves have space for the writer’s personal library, as well as a cottage journal in which each resident is invited to make entries during her stay. With entries dating from Hedgebrook’s genesis in 1988, the journals are the cottage’s living legacy–and a way for writers to connect with those who have come before, and those will come after her stay.

A small half-bathroom and a fully equipped efficiency kitchen finish out the main floor. All cottages have electricity and are heated primarily by wood stoves. Writers share a centrally located bathhouse equipped with two showers, old-fashioned bathtub, two sinks, drawers for each cottage, heated floors and a washer/dryer.

The historic Farmhouse is the center of the Hedgebrook community, where residents gather for dinner at a table overlooking Deer Lagoon and Puget Sound. All meals are prepared by Hedgebrook’s chefs, using organic food from our garden and local farmers. The Farmhouse living room, with a library full of Hedgebrook writers books, serves as a gathering place for residents to converse and share their work.

Selection Process

The application is accessible via SlideRoom. Each Master Class has a priority deadline listed below, and classes often fill with a waitlist. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by Hedgebrook staff and teachers, so we strongly recommend interested writers apply as soon as possible. We anticipate decisions will be finalized within two weeks of the priority deadline.

Heidi Durrow – Beginners Mind: A Master Class to Turn Your Yearning to Write into Words

Class dates October 21-28 and priority application deadline: Tuesday, September 3

If you have questions about whether a specific Master Class is appropriate for you or your project, or any other question about the Series, please be in touch with us at 360-321-4786.

Refund Policy

Upon acceptance into the class, participant pays a $1,000 non-refundable deposit to hold a space in the class. Should payment not be received by the deposit due date, the slot will be released to a wait-listed participant.

You will be informed of the payment schedule upon registration. The full fee is non-refundable upon due date.

If Hedgebrook, the teacher or student is unable to complete the class due to unforeseen circumstances, we will consider a partial refund on a case-by-case basis.

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